Cranberries are one of winter's most popular food items, but have you ever wondered why? In such harsh weather, we tend to be more prone to illness, and cranberries are one of natures best medicines.
Cranberries are a small red berry packed with antioxidants. They help to stop the oxidation of cells, which helps to prevent the development of various cancers. Your body needs antioxidants like vitamin C to be able to funciton efficiently and fight off viruses like the common cold.
Cranberries are also known to help improve heart health. They're the perfect sweet and sour alternative to candy, and help to decrease cholesterol levels which can in turn improve your cadiovascular health, and help you lose weight.
Cranberries are also used as a natural remedy for Urinary Track Infections (UTI's) as they contain a substance called proanthocyanidins that can help reduce the bacteria that causes the infection.The very same subtance also works to combat gum disease, so eating cranberries can also improve your dental health.
Unlike other berries, cranberries contain a unqiue blend of nutrients ranging from Vitamin A and potassium, to proteins, vitamin B-12 and even iron. Snacking on just half a cup of cranberries can have a similar effect as taking a multivitamin.
So ditch the candy this christmas and try out nature's sweet healthy treat- cranberries.